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“Great location in summer let down by food”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of La Mimosa

La Mimosa
Ranked #56 of 683 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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“Great location in summer let down by food”
Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

With a location like this beside the river cam and a lovely terrace with lots of tables in the sunshine it would be hard to imagine anyone could have anything to complain about. But this place is an all year round restaurant and while its nice for a drink and a snack in the summer, its important to realise that the food is very mediocre.
The pizzas taste like ones you can get from a supermarket, dry and crunchy. I put olive oil on mine and it was still as dry as a bone, nothing like the ones you will get at zizi for less money. They are also small. Mine was burnt too.

My friend had a salad which was really fresh and lovely ingredients. But omg so small and expensive. Even the coke we ordered wasn't in a bottle, it was flat stuff which was not the real thing but we were still charged a premium price for it.

Mimosa is also open strange hours, can't remember them exactly, but if you go by at 4pm, it's likely they will be closed and reopening at 7pm, which means those who want to eat at 5 or 6pm lose out.

I can't remember how many times I have walked past this place intending to eat there and find that it's closed!

They also have a strange entrance door. Sometimes the door on the river side is open and some times the one on the other side of the building, very strange.....

Menu choice is average, service is average but not very helpful, nobody asked if everything was ok, or apologised for the long wait.

This place is cold in the winter and dark and needs to be more welcoming. Go in the summer on a hot day and sit on the terrace but don't expect the food to be great, just soak up the atmosphere of the great location.

Visited July 2013
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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“Great setting, service and food!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

A lovely setting to eat reasonably priced food. Superb friendly service even when it the place became full to the rafters because of the weather. I cannot recommend it enough if you want to sit next to the River Cam in the sunshine eating good food and drinking wine with friends.

  • Visited July 2013
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Yorkshire
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“OUTDOOR SEATING BY 'THE CAM'”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

As previous comments have confirmed - the setting and service at La Mimosa are first class. We hired a bewhiskered young man to take us 45' down the Cam on a punt from immediately outside LA MIMOSA and then came in to eat here. The setting is perfectly delightful - sunshine, large decking area, glass of white wine (at a reasonable price) and punts passing by.

We ate their fresh pasta ravioli with fresh green salad - not what was on the menu because they had run out of spinach & ricotta - so we had squash and pecorino ravioli instead. Little taste of the cheese - however it was pleasant.

One funny incident: I went to the ladies and, when leaving the lock broke leaving me literally 'locked in the lavatory'! I rang my friend and within minutes the kindly Italian chef shouldered the door in! An amusing incident to brighten the day.

I'd go back.

  • Visited June 2013
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“great peripherals; lousy food”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We ate here two nights ago. The setting and the service were impeccable but the food was awful. An artichoke heart salad starter (£7!) had just a couple of hearts in it. The spaghetti carbonara was microwaved to such a degree that the cream and oil separated and the cream curdled. And the bread on the table was stale and sliced!

All in all an experience never to be repeated. Shame as the staff were so nice and the setting on the river so beautiful.

  • Visited June 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Lunch”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

We were a group of 7 for lunch with elderly relatives and friends who had not seen each other for some time. It proved an excellent choice - my wife & I have eaten there a number of times - and everyone enjoyed their lunch very much. They were v helpful with my uncle who is 94 and was in a wheelchair.

  • Visited June 2013
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